Africa & Fashion: Nana Wax

Designer of the week: Nanawax.  All images below are courtesy of nana-wax.com.

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I found this fashion house while perusing instagram for inspiration on wax-made clutches. The good news: the store is located in Cotonou, Benin but ships worldwide.  The sad news: there are only eight items listed now on her etsy store. There may be more coming…:) Also, her website needs to upgrade, but she definitely has some interesting accessories to offer 🙂 Will keep you posted if I get more info on this store.

 

Designed by Bel: Circle and Pencil

For January, I am presenting my first two skirts (really, it should be three but I shall share my failure shortly).  You see, my baby sister challenged me to actually sew items I would wear. So, super grande soeur (aka moi) opted for a high-waisted pencil skirt with an exposed back zipper. All pictures below are my own and should not be copied without my written authorization.

So, off I went to JOANN store for a long zipper and some threads. Ended up with a beginner sewing kit, cutting mat, ruler, lining fabric and curved ruler for hips and shoulders (I believe it is called French ruler…why French? I digress). Came home afterward, picked my best fitting pencil skirt for measurements , chose a cute red, blue and white Wax fabric I have had for years, cut it and six hours later (and lots of frustration on the way), obtained this first lined skirt below. All looked OK but the skirt was too big, and uneven. All disappointed, I gave up. Did not even take a final picture as I was so disgusted (ah, the drama lol).

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Then I remembered how I have been asking my younger sibling to be resilient in life and felt so little about my quickness to throw the towel that I had to give it another try. Now, humble but determined, I opted for an easier skirt, the circle skirt.  Very simple, all done within three hours (still frustration and a broken machine needle on the way).  Am very proud of the result below.

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So proud that I even put together an outfit 🙂

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Now strengthened by my humble success, I revisited the high waisted pencil skirt.  Took a lot of patience, broken needles, re-stitching, measuring and about two days (really eight hours combined as I had other projects to attend to) and below is the finished product.  Am soooo happy 🙂

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Looking forward to my February sewing assignment! What do you think of my designs? Please comment!

 

Welcome 2015!

First post of the year 2015! Well I will try to work on my resolutions per this post.

Today, in lieu of sharing outfits from this week, let’s look at some cute outfits from Atlantic-Pacific, one of my fav bloggers.  I noticed that she has on a Stella Jean dress!!!! Stella is on the rise! Check out the pictures here. And if you’re new to my Stella addiction, check my post here.

A&F: Ahh, Stella

Yes, I am still in awe of her designs; all the colors with masterful cuts and great melange of textures….Ahhhh, I can see myself wearing so many of the Spring Summer 2015 collection! Thankfully, my pocket is better grounded than my deceiving heart so let’s just look at the catwalk pictures, shall we? Full display over at Vogue UK. Also a video on Youtube of the full catwalk presentation, and below my favorites.

My piece on Stella Jean over on this post. Happy Wednesday!

All images below courtesy of Vogue UK.

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A&F: I.Kollection at Africa Fashion Week London 2014

The London Africa Fashion Week event ran from August 7th through August 9th.  Among the various designers, I.Kollection caught my eyes because this is the first time I have personally seen models to wear the “liputa” or loincloth tied the ‘African’ way. In the case of her presentation, they were more tied western African style.  In Congo, we tie the ‘liputa’ on the side, but it was refreshing to see.

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Image courtesy of demotix.com

More looks from the AFW London here, and to get more info on I.Kollection, you can check their facebook page as well as their homepage.